HONOLULU (Jan. 10, 2014) – Twenty K-12 educators from South Korea have arrived at the East-West Center to begin a month of residencies in U.S. school communities in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Vermont. The ROK-US Teacher Exchange Program global learning and school immersion program is coordinated by EWC’s AsiaPacificEd Program with funding from the Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding under the auspices of UNESCO and the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Education. Later this year, American teachers from the U.S. host schools will travel to Korea for reciprocal exchange and learning.
“The question we’re trying to address through this school immersion program is how schools can better prepare today’s students – the next generation of global leaders and citizens – for living and working together to support cultural diversity, peace, human rights, and sustainable development in our fast changing, increasingly global, and highly interconnected world,” said AsiaPacificEd Program Director Namji Steinemann. “Recognizing the critical role teachers play in equipping students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they will need for effective global citizenship in the 21st century, the goal is to strengthen Korean and U.S. teachers’ global competence by providing them with opportunities for global education, cross-cultural exchange, and capacity building.”
With the overarching goal to promote ties and mutual understanding between the Republic of Korea and the United States, the exchange program aims to provide participating teachers and schools with opportunities to:
- Foster professional development of teachers through sharing of best practices in teaching and learning.
- Enhance teachers’ cross-cultural communication skills and promote education for international understanding.
- Build the foundation of school-to-school partnerships for future collaboration between U.S. and Korean schools.
For more information, visit: www.globalteachingforum-korea-usa.org.